Saturday, July 21, 2018

July Monthly Program


            St. Francisville native Steve Shearer will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society on Monday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m., at the History Center in Lawrenceville.  Shearer will present a program on the organization and operation of early telephone companies in Lawrence County. 

            Shearer is a graduate of Wabash Valley College, DeVry Institute of Technology,  and Oakland City University.  A life-long enthusiast of telephones and other communication technology, Shearer is the author of Hoosier Connections, A History of the Indiana Telephone Industry.  In 2000, he published City on a Rock, a history of his hometown, St. Francisville. 

            The program is free and open to the public


James A. sent us his Little League Story.  "I was on the Leibros team and possibly the worst player in the history of the team. I literally did not know where left field was, which was my position. and I am not sure if I ever made it to first base unless they walked me. One day, after playing a long season, the coach took us to the Dairy Queen for banana splits. When we got there I asked one of the kids why the coach bought us ice cream. I was then advised that we had won the league championship for that summer. So I think I may deserve the title of worst player in the league.

And Ed B. did some research about Ford's 20 millionth car photo that we had published earlier
 and found the car to be a 1931 Ford Model A.  The 50 millionth car wasn't built until 1958 and it was a red 1958 Ford Thunderbird.

Thanks to all our readers who help us identify photographs and send comments.

Recent Acquisition:   This beautiful side saddle was donated to us a few weeks ago. 
Have you purchased a book from the Historical Society recently?  
An interesting book and one that should be in your collection is the  publication written by Nancy Schrader King and Donna White Burton. It is the result of the award-winning Wedding Show presented in the Spring of 2014, and the research that went into its development. The large, 8 ½ x 11สบ hardbound book, Weddings Through the Ages,  is based on 200 years of wedding customs and bridal fashions. From decade to decade, the 132-page, full color book follows the clothing styles with over 250 photographs and pertinent stories of Lawrence County, IL brides. Three index pages will allow the reader to quickly find a particular name and the attractive dust jacket will protect the book for years to come. From long-past brides, to would-be brides and those who just love fashion and history, this book will please one and all. Only 100 books were printed and many of those are already sold.  Pick up your copy at the Research Library, the History Center, or on our website
  (You can review a few pages and even read the index to see if someone you know is featured in the book.)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Staff of Memorial Hospital 1954

Bridgeport Leader
 May 27, 1954

The Lawrence County Memorial Hospital has 10 doctors on its active medical staff. They are:

1937 Ad Dr. J.R. Thompson
(He had stopped practicing by 1954)
Dr. Charles G. Stoll, Lawrenceville
Dr. R. O. llyes, Lawrenceville
Dr. E. A. Fahnestock, Bridgeport
Dr. R. F. Snider, St. Francisville
Dr. Tom Kirkwood, Lawrenceville
Dr. R. T. Kirkwood, Lawrenceville
1937 Ad Dr. E.A. Fahnestock
Dr. P. W. Kensler, Lawrenceville
Dr. R. B. Armitage, Lawrenceville
Dr. L. R. Ireland, St. Francisville
Dr. Jerry D. Heath, Lawrenceville

There are also 10 doctors on the Consultant Staff, who are specialists in their field and come to the hospital on call of the attending physician. They are:

Dr. R. M. Anderson, Vincennes, Surgery
Dr. John Anderson, Vincennes, Surgery
1937 Ad Dr. J.C. Tanquary
Dr. Charles W. Cullison, Vincennes, Pathology
Dr. A. Sullenger, Vincennes Radiology
Dr. Joe Smith, Vincennes, Surgery
Dr. Ralph Smith, Vincennes, Internal Medicine
Dr. Nathan Ewing, Vincennes, Surgery
Dr. Frank Weber, Olney, Surgery
Dr. Norbert Welch, Vincennes, Urology
Dr. William Von der Leith, Vincennes, Surgery

There are four dentists on the dental staff. They are:
1937 Ad  Dr. J.J. Griffith
(He had stopped practicing by 1954.)
Dr. L. L. B. Jacobson, Lawrenceville
Dr. Hugh F. Mayr, Lawrenceville
Dr. L. C. Baldwin, Sumner
Dr. B. Troy Taber, Bridgeport

In addition there are four members of the Honorary Staff, who have served many years in the field of medicine. Four are either retired from the practice of medicine, or are semi -retired, but they still have access to all the privileges of the hospital and the advantage of staff membership. They are:
1937 Ad  Dr. W.R. Mangum
Dr. W. R. Mangum, Bridgeport
Dr. W. I. Green, Lawrenceville
Dr. L. J. Bennett, Lawrenceville
Dr. Frank Arnold, Lawrenceville

The staff is organized with the following officers: Dr. Charles G. Stoll, Chief of Staff; Dr. R. T. Kirkwood, Secretary; Dr. E. A. Fahnestock, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Medical Records Committee; Dr. P. W. Kensler, Chairman of the Credentials Committee; Dr. Tom Kirkwood, Chairman of the Library Committee; Dr. R. O. llyes, Chairman of the Program Committee; and Dr. R. F. Snider, President of the Lawrence County Medical Society.

The hospital is very fortunate in having Dr. Jerry D. Heath on the staff as a Specialist in Anesthesia.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lawrenceville 1883

May 31, 1883
Impressions of Lawrenceville
(From the Fairfield Press)
Our first visit to Lawrenceville, Illinois was made last week, and we report it as a disappointment. As a business point, this ancient town takes a backseat, and the contrast between its present stagnation and former glory is great. 

Its fall has been like unto that of Massilon, the former emporium of Wayne County, Illinois. Like Massilon, Lawrenceville was the head of flat boat navigation, and in the pioneer days this was a greater commercial advantage than is a railway crossing in 1883. All the pork, corn, venison hams, wild honey and coon skins for a wide scope of the country saw a market at Lawrenceville. But the building of the O & M Railroad a mile from the town was a hard blow for the county seat of Lawrence. Its stores are few in number and enjoy but a limited patronage.

The town, however, seeing its worst days, is now on the upgrade. This is evidenced by a number of new buildings lately erected and a hopeful feeling exists as to a better future.

The names of noted men may be called up in connection with Lawrenceville. It is the home of Dr. Garrard, a thoroughbred bluegrass Kentuckian, a splendid physician, and an aristocrat among the democracy. Hon. Aaron Shaw for many years lived in Lawrenceville, and the old time mansion in which he dispensed a generous hospitality still stands. The stables in which Judge Shaw kept the finest and fastest horses in the country are going to rack. Dr. I. A. Powell is another well-known citizen who is identified with the history of Lawrenceville.

The town is finely located on the banks of the Embarras river (pronounced Ambraw) and while shade trees are not everywhere seen, it has many magnificent elms that are worth a small fortune. The courtyard is a beautiful park but disfigured by ash heaps, wood piles and trash generally. 

Lawrenceville has a water mill (below whose dam Rev. M. N. Powers used to catch bass when a boy) a steam mill, several churches and a courthouse as worthless as our own. The citizens would broach the subject of a new courthouse but fear that Sumner would win the prize.

Among the pleasant acquaintances made there were Circuit Clerk Barnes and wife, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Watts and the family of Rev. Mr. Hennessy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Paris Bakery

Lawrence County News April 30, 1931


Roy Paris, formerly of Newman, has rented the Barnes building on North Twelfth street recently occupied by a bowling alley and will open a bakery in the near future. He is building the oven this week.

The Newman Independent contained the following regarding the latest addition to the business interests of Lawrenceville:

“The Newman Bakery, owned by Roy Paris, will be moved to Lawrenceville sometime within the next two weeks, according to an announcement given to us by the owner. Mr. Paris has been in Newman the past four years and has one of the most modern equipped bake shops in this part of the state.

It is certainly with much regret that we announce his leaving Newman. He has been very progressive and a loyal and generous booster to the activities of the city and community. At the present time Mr. Paris is serving as a member of the Board of Education of the Newman Grade Schools, in which capacity he has given much of his time."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Don't Run from the Deputy Sheriff

Lawrence County News October 15, 1931
Deputy Harry Hipsher Has a Steady Nerve

Harry Hipsher, deputy sheriff had an exciting few minutes  with an escaping prisoner Friday morning and only the good judgment of the official saved the life of the prisoner.
Charles Miller, indicted for stealing chickens, had been before Judge Pearce and his bond was fixed at $500. He was turned over to Deputy Hipsher about 11 o’clock and made no resistance on the way back to jail. 

While the deputy was ringing the bell at the door, Miller pulled a piece of iron from his pocket and struck Hipsher on the right side of the head just above the ear, knocking him down. Miller jumped off the porch and started to run as Hipsher fired once from a prone position. The bullet went wild and Hipsher getting to his feet took better aim as Miller was entering the alley in the rear of the Lawrence Hotel. Miller dropped as if killed, but was soon on his feet again and started running east with Hipsher in close pursuit.

Turning north on 10th Street, Hipsher was rapidly gaining on Miller when the latter stopped and threw up both hands in token of surrender. He was taken back to jail and Dr. R.L. Gordon was called to dress the wounds. Mr. Hipsher has a nasty cut over his right ear and Miller is carrying a 32-calibre bullet in his head just over the left ear. The bullet struck him behind the ear and followed the skull to a point just above and slightly in front of the ear, where it remains. He suffers no ill effects apparently and no effort will be made to remove the bullet.

Monday, July 16, 2018

July 1862 News

Lawrence County News taken from the Vincennes Sun Commercial July 1962

July 13 A Lawrence County youth was taken to Anna State Hospital after attacking his mother and sister, apparently going berserk after breaking his wristwatch. H. Winters, 17, of Sumner, rural route, charged his mother, tearing off most of her clothes, and choked his sister before being brought under control by his uncle, a brother, and a neighbor. Winters, according to the report given by the sheriff’s department, was working on his car and set his watch on the fender. Then while backing the car and moving it forward the watch fell off and was crushed under the car. He then went into the house, apparently berserk. A neighbor, Everett Farlow, call the Sheriff’s Department and Winters was taken to Memorial Hospital and given a shot to calm him down. He was said to have had other mental disturbances.

July 13 The Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of Illinois sponsored three nights of gospel preaching at the lighted cross in Red Hill State Park.

July 13 Mrs. Ruth Spires presided at a meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lawrenceville Ambraw Post 2244, Monday evening. Seventeen members attended. Mrs. Alta Sibert and Mrs. Chloe Highsmith received door prizes. A contest will open in October with Mrs. Bennie Flory, Mrs. Norma Wright and Mrs. Ann Fiscus serving as captains for membership. The losing team will cook dinner for a Valentine party in February.

July 14 A car owned by Pearlie Gerard of Bridgeport and taken two months ago by a man he roomed with, has been found in Montana.

July 14 Lawrence County will receive $3051 in motor fuel tax receipts for June according to the state Department of Illinois.

July 14 A St. Louis man is being held on a stolen car charge at Olney. Lawrence County Sheriff Eddie Ryan plans to question him about a break-in last week at the B & L restaurant.

July 14 Lawrenceville firemen made a run at 3 PM Thursday to the farm of Maurice Sparks northwest of town where a blaze destroyed a corn crib, 100 bushels of corn, and 100 bales of hay.

July 15 Public assistance figures in Lawrence County for May 1962 have been released by the state with comparisons to the same month in 1961. The figures show that public assistance increased in May 1962 in most categories. In aid to dependent children, the state said $25,115 was spent this May compared with $10,638 a year ago. The number of children being aided rose from 347 to 709. Old age assistance recipients rose from 346 to 362 and disability payments went to 81 compared with 69 in 1961. Ten persons received blind assistance payments compared with eight the year before. In the general assistance category the number fell off from 238 in May 1961 to 151 in May of 1962. The total cost of assistance this May was $63,272.

July 15 Lightning struck the Railroad Salvage Company in Sumner Friday night, starting a fire that caused damage estimated at nearly $80,000. The lightning was believed to have struck either a chimney or a television antenna. The entire second floor burned, destroying a large amount of furniture stored there. The first floor suffered water and smoke damage.